Minneapolis, Minnesota -- ARCA Advanced Processing llc (AAP) has received a Pennsylvania 2012 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence for the installation of the first UNTHA Recycling Technology (URT) plant in the US.
AAP, a joint venture between ARCA and 4301 Operations llc, provides appliance recycling services for GE Appliances in a 12-state region on the East Coast, as well as for several electric utility companies.
The URT system processes entire refrigerators and freezers to remove over 95 percent of the blowing agent from polyurethane foam insulation, significantly reducing the emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases.
AAP claims that, compared to the typical refrigerator recycling process, the URT system recovers approximately an additional 47 lb (21.3 kg) of material originally destined for a landfill.
"We are delighted to have been selected to receive the Pennsylvania 2012 Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence," said Brian Conners, president and chief operating officer of AAP.
ARC's installation of the first URT technology in the US at its Philadelphia recycling centre "has allowed us to recycle more than 70 000 refrigerators in conformance with US EPA Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) standards, creating more than 50 green collar jobs in the process."